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Students at our Rochester Grammar School have achieved one of the best sets of IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) results in the school’s history and will progress on to some of the world’s leading universities and education institutions this September. RGS has accomplished an average point score of 39. This is a high score compared with the international average of 33.02 and the maximum score of 45. READ MORE: All you need to know about the International Baccalaureate IB students excelled, despite the challenging circumstances…

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On Friday 28th May, all of our schools – from Medway to Deal, Portsmouth to Plymouth – proudly took part in the Festival of School and College Arts #edartsfest. Launched by the AOC (Association of Colleges) The Festival of School and College Arts is to celebrate the vital role of the arts in our schools and colleges, and the fantastic work done by students. This inspiring festival provided a badly needed antidote to the sadness and disruption caused by the Covid pandemic over the past year and to…

Oops – we put the wrong link in by mistake… but here’s the video you’re looking for :) WATCH: Our #proudtobeTSAT video     Your Mental Health Toolkit Prioritising your mental health looks like positive self-talk and connecting to the right-for-you resources. It looks like laughter, breaking toxic habits and tailoring your friendship circle and social media feeds. Our all-new mental health toolkit will be all of the above and then some. This new launch has so much that is downloadable, printable and shareable. Feel empowered not only to take what you need, but to share with others too. Putting ourselves first is not always easy, but we hope…

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Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about Mental Health First Aiders Someone’s fainted and split their chin, or a child’s fallen in the playground and scraped their knee – who do you call? Your First Aider. Someone is struggling to get out of bed every morning; heavy with nothingness, they can’t get through the day without sobbing. A child is so anxious they are frozen in fear during social situations – who do you call? Your Mental Health First Aider. READ: How to spot the signs…

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Anxiety is not just feeling shy, it’s bigger and more complex than that, and it’s also a totally normal feeling of fear or panic. When we face stressful situations, it can trigger our ‘gut feeling’, the in-built body alarm bell we have, which tells us when we don’t feel right about something, and we need to deal with it. Anxiety can kick start our ‘fight or flight’ response, which make us feel more alert (fight response), stops us thinking about other things, and even pumps more blood to our legs to help us…

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Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves as a coping mechanism to deal with difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations. Some people have described self-harm to express something that is hard to put into words, to change emotional pain into physical pain or have a sense of being in control or to punish themselves for their feelings. DISCOVER MORE: Signs of depression Some of the ways people self-harm are cutting their body, over or under eating, exercising excessively, misusing alcohol, pulling your own hair, hitting yourself or…

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Depression is hard, debilitating, and more common than you might feel. Depression causes people to experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of numbness, of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or loss of appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Depression is a complex condition, and its causes are not fully understood, however, various contributing factors can trigger depression. These can include biological factors (for example, genetics) and psychological or social factors, such as experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, bereavement, or life-changing events such as pregnancy. DISCOVER: “It’s okay to not be okay” – a letter from our CEO

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Hello all, As a Trust we are taking part in Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). It can be hard to discuss our mental health but if we can’t be open during Mental Health Awareness week – when can we? I, like all of us, have been on my own mental health journey. In the last few years I have been fortunate enough to become more aware of my own mental health and more focused on managing my own wellbeing. As individuals we must all find…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 As a Trust we took part in Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). Everyone has mental health, and this awareness week served as a driver to further encourage all the teams across our Trust to acknowledge mental health, to know that it means something to everyone, and that it’s okay not to be okay. We want our Trust family to feel empowered to speak out about mental health issues, no matter how big or small – your Trust is here to listen.    WHAT DID WE GET UP TO?  Out and about – to mark this…

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Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of Our Trust! This issue of Our Trust is a very special one for me as it celebrates the launch of our Trust Service Awards. The recognition of the work, dedication and loyalty of our colleagues is incredibly important to me, and as the HR team pulled it together I was humbled by how many of our staff we were able to recognise for their service. Read the full edition Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE…